Slim Turkey: The Unsolved Homicide of Richard Aderson

Slim Turkey is a podcast about mysteriously unsolved murder

Eleven: The Bystander Effect

This week, Mr. Slim Turkey and I delve into the socio-psychological phenomenon known as "diffusion of responsibility." The phenomenon is often used to explain the BYSTANDER EFFECT, where in the midst of a large crowd, a person is less likely to receive aid and assistance in the event of an emergency.

 

The bystander effect may have even influenced motorists passing Richard Aderson and his killer on the side of I-84 on the evening of February 5, 1997.  With each driver relieved of the pressure to respond, thinking, "Someone else has probably called for help," they possibly drove by the homicide and never looked back.

 

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

Turkey Time” by Monk Turner is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

"Our Hearts Have Been Misplaced In A Secret Location” by Uniform Motion under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US

 

And to:

 

Lickerman, Alex. "The Diffusion of Responsibility: Why assigning responsibility to groups doesn't work." Psychology Today, 14 June 2010, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/happiness-in-world/201006/the-diffusion-responsibility.

Ten: On the Couch with Dr. Shiloh

This week I'm joined by Dr. Shiloh Catanese, a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist from Los Angeles AND host of the L.A. Not So Confidential podcast. Dr. Shiloh and I discuss the Richard Aderson case in depth, in which she lends both her expertise and opinions on the case.

 

Was this truly a case of road rage? Could Richard have possibly known his killer? What role might guilt play in finally unmasking the killer? How can keeping secrets be harmful to one's  emotional and psychological health? Find out as we broach these questions and more.

 

 

Have a question? Call us at 917-410-5528 or email us at clues@slimturkey.com.

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

Doctor's In” by Son Little under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

and a very special thank you for the recording and editing to:

 

Justin Wilder Neese of Wilder Studios & Production

Bonus Episode: Q & A with Lee Purchase and Mr. Slim Turkey

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In this episode, Mr. Slim Turkey and I respond to the many questions, comments and interesting theories we’ve received relating to Richard Aderson’s homicide and subsequent investigation.

 

Have a question? Call us at 917-410-5528 or email us at clues@slimturkey.com.

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

And the Rest Will Go On Forever” by Underground River under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Nine: The Passage of Time

With the passage of time comes changes in the dynamics in the way people think and in their personal relationships. They still may be reluctant to walk into a police station or to call the police BUT in some cases, "all it takes is for an investigator to take the initiative and knock on their door."

 

The main thrust of this episode is to communicate that a COLD CASE doesn't mean it's a DEAD CASE. There is ALWAYS hope and each one of us can do his or her part in helping to solve Richard's case.

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

My Wee Tribe” by Tickle licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

 

Turkey Time” by Monk Turner is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

Walton, R.H. (2017). Cold Case Homicides: Practical Investigative Techniques, Second Edition. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press

 

And a very special THANK YOU to Cake & Tommy for allowing us to use (one of my favorite songs):

“Sheep Go To Heaven" by Cake from Prolonging the Magic

 

 

... And to better understand the science behind the advances in DNA fingerprinting, check out this GREAT video, How does DNA fingerprinting work? produced by NakedScientists

Eight: Yet UnSolved

After 22 years without a viable suspect, has the Richard Aderson case gone cold? Unfortunately, it’s one of a growing number to have met with such a hopeless conclusion. Despite the advances in technology, such as omnipresent surveillance and DNA research, homicide clearance rates have steadily declined in the U.S. over the last half-century. In this first of a two-part series, we’ll examine the factors that have contributed to the increasing numbers of unsolved cases across the country.

 

And in the conclusion of our examination of cold cases, we’ll discuss how homicide investigators have begun to effectively employ TIME to their advantage in resolving cases that were long considered unsolvable. 

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

The Rising” by Aakash Gandhi licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

Run Until Your Wings Grow” by Late Night Feeler is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

 

And a very special THANK YOU to Cold War Kids & Mike for allowing us to use:

“Sermons" by Cold War Kids from Behave Yourself

Seven: Rose’s Thorny Reporting

On November 14, 1998 the Union Leader ran the headline, "Police Clear Derry Man in New York Slaying." Nearly two years after Richard Aderson's homicide, the prime suspect in his murder investigation had apparently been cleared by the New York State Police.

 

Yet after reporting on the Aderson homicide and investigation for 18 long months, Cissy Taylor's name was nowhere to be found in that article. The byline simply read Derek Rose. Who was Derek Rose and how did he come to write the newspaper's last chapter in the Richard Aderson investigation?

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

Purple Cave” by Jasmine Golan licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

Turkey Time” by Monk Turner is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

 

Please Please Please (Let Me Get What I Want)” by ANT is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

 

And a very special THANK YOU to Tribal Seeds & Rams for allowing us to use:

Run the Show” by Tribal Seeds

Bonus Episode: With Tim and Lance of “Missing Maura Murray”

Before February 2018, I had never listened to a podcast. I barely knew how to find one. Then I was introduced to Tim Pilleri and Lance Reenstierna and their "Missing Maura Murray" podcast and I was hooked. Now it's January 2019 and I can't believe I'm actually talking to these guys on my show!

In this episode, we touch on the Maura Murray case, their relationship with the New Hampshire State Police and our favorite cuss words. Oh... and I UNAPOLOGETICALLY gush about how they inspired me to create the "Slim Turkey" podcast.

 

And Mr. Slim Turkey is BACK in a preview of our next episode!

 

This podcast may contain language that some may find offensive.

 

Thanks to:

 

Classic Horror 3” by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

"Bombsite" by Heavy Links is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

 

And a special THANK YOU to Tim and Lance of "Missing Maura Murray"

Six: Cissy’s Sneaking Suspicion

Cissy Taylor, the crime reporter for New Hampshire's Union Leader, covered the Richard Aderson homicide and subsequent investigation with great dedication and persistence. But why did this Manchester based reporter dedicate herself to writing eleven articles about a New York homicide over the course of a year and a half? That’s a lot of coverage by any measure. Did Cissy know something about Aderson’s killer that she did not or could not reveal?

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

Hey Go” by Lobo Loco is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

 

"Hush Hush" by Rabbit Rabbit is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US

 

Hush” by The Moto-Gators is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 US

 

 And a special THANK YOU to The Shins & Tiff for allowing us to use:

“Caring is Creepy” by The Shins from Oh, Inverted World

Five: Something’s Fishy in Fishkill

The New York State Police have not only withheld critical information but they may have also intentionally circulated misleading sketches of the suspect in Richard's Aderson's homicide to further divert the public from learning the true identity of the killer.

 

In this episode, we conclude our two part examination of the police investigation and determine whether the police have remained complicit in concealing the truth.

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

Liar Liar” by Vienna Ditto is licensed under CC BY 4.0

 

"Swan Dive" by Waxahatchee is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

 

Turkey Time” by Monk Turner is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0 

 

"Hellidays (b/w Christmas in Hollis)" by The Impossebulls is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

 

"The Ballad of Albany" by WPTR Radio

 

Conger, Cristen. "How Police Sketches Work." HowStuffWorks.com; Accessed 21 December 2018.

Four: An Ambiguous Investigation

The investigation into Richard Aderson's homicide has been kept under tight wraps by the New York State Police for the last two decades. Initially the police appeared to be transparent, seemingly sharing information with the media. But as time has passed, the New York State Police have become increasingly stingy in releasing any information related to Richard's investigation.

 

Why have the police withheld seemingly harmless information? And what are their motives? In this episode, we'll begin to tackle the question of WHY the police have monopolized that information.

 

This podcast may contain information that some may find disturbing.

 

Thanks to:

 

Carry Me Again” by GeeNerve is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US

 

Turkey Time” by Monk Turner is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 

 

Extra THANKS to Lee Farber for composing the outro track, "Road Rage" for the episode

 

And a very special THANK YOU to Slightly Stoopid & Chris for allowing us to use:

Thinkin Bout Cops” by Slightly Stoopid from Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid

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